Matthew Baxley

Beyond the Canoe: Outdoor Recreation on the North Shore

From May to November, canoeing is the talk of the North Shore and the Boundary Waters area. Rightfully so, as the region is in the heart of canoe country.

However, the opportunities for outdoor recreation in Cook County and the Lake Superior region are ample. With that in mind, WTIP is launching a new series to explore some of these forms to enjoy the outdoors that extend past the gunnels of a canoe.

April 28, 2022
Beyond the Canoe – Superior Swimming

In this segment of WTIP’s Beyond the Canoe, you’ll discover the icy, cold waters of Lake Superior from the perspective of three swimming enthusiasts from Grand Marais, Minnesota who regularly swim in the chilly and healing waters along the North Shore.

April 8, 2022
Beyond the Canoe – River Ski

“Make sure they don’t fall in. . .” Follow a group of river skiers along the beautiful and rugged route of the Devil Track River. Produced by Matthew Baxley, this segment honors the adventurous spirit of back-country river skiing on the North Shore, complete with frozen waterfalls and early spring meltwater.

March 7, 2022
Beyond the Canoe – Mountain Biking on the North Shore

WTIP catches up with Adam and Micah Harju, trail-building specialists and avid mountain bikers–a sport that continues to grow in popularity, here on the North Shore.

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Beyond the Canoe: Ice Climbing

Minnesota’s North Shore and the many rivers and streams that flow into Lake Superior are often labeled as the premiere locations for ice climbing in the Upper Midwest. In this installment of Beyond the Canoe, producer Matthew Baxley speaks with Grand Marais residents Shane Steele and Emma Spoon about their love for ice climbing and what they enjoy most about the winter activity.

Support for this series comes from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  

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Beyond the Canoe: Ice Skating

The opportunities for outdoor recreation that don’t involve canoeing in Cook County and the Lake Superior region are ample. With that in mind, WTIP is launching a new series to explore some of these forms to enjoy the outdoors that extend past the gunnels.

Today, host Matthew Baxley does just that in this conversation with Lutsen resident John Oberholtzer as they discuss ice skating in the North Woods.

Support for this series comes from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Video produced by Matthew Baxley.